83 Kentucky Counties See Unemployment Rates Rise

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Two thirds of Kentucky's counties saw an uptick in unemployment last month.

In April, the state says 83 of Kentucky's 120 counties saw unemployment rates rise while 28 declined and nine remained the same. 

State workforce development officials say the rise can be attributed to an increased number of people actively trying to get back in the workforce.

The county reporting the highest unemployment rate in the state was Magoffin County at 17.3 percent followed by Leslie County at 10.3 percent. 

The county with the lowest rate was Woodford County, reporting only 3.1 percent unemployment followed by Shelby, Oldham, Fayette and Spencer counties.

The April unemployment rate in Jefferson County was 4.4 percent up from 4.1 in April of last year.

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